The RAC was called to more pothole-related breakdowns in the third quarter of this year than in any year since its records began in 2006.

The motoring organisation said it received 5,978 call-outs for damaged shock absorbers, broken suspension springs or distorted wheels, which it said were most likely to be caused by wear and tear from defective road surfaces.

RAC head of policy Simon Williams said: “Our analysis of pothole-related breakdowns is sadly once again showing that the sub-standard state of the country’s local roads is causing a world of pain for drivers, let alone those on two wheels.

“Fortunately, the government has promised £8.3bn for local highways authorities which should give them the certainty of funding they need to be able to plan longer term road maintenance work. We very much look forward to finding out exactly how the money will be allocated.

“We have long argued that it’s not just a question of filling potholes, it’s about getting the roads in the worst condition resurfaced. Then, it’s vital that more councils start to make greater use of surface treatments which can cost effectively extend the lives of these roads.”